Hosting the most important Michelin-starred chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and trend-setting culinary geniuses in Turkey, the International Gastromasa Gastronomy Conference, which will be held for the seventh time this year, continues to shape the gastronomy world and expand our horizons with its full program and distinguished participants. On November 19-20, Gastromasa with the theme of “Sustainability & Biodiversity”; Gastromasa Pastry, Gastromasa Bar and Gastromasa Hospitality are getting ready to leave their mark on world gastronomy with their new concepts!
Correda Assenza, one of the star chefs, is meeting with the gastronomy industry and its fans in the organization that will take place at the Haliç Congress Center.
Assenza left Sicily after high school to enroll at the Faculty of Agriculture (now the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine) of the University of Bologna. There he met Giorgio Celli, who led him to study entomology and pushed him to specialize in beekeeping. The chef later received a call from home, however, and, in 1985, before graduating, returned to his hometown to take over the management of his family’s pastry shop, Caffè Sicilia.
Assenza, now the fourth generation in this family, runs the pastry shop with his son Francesco. Since leaving Bologna and returning to his family’s pastry shop in Sicily, Assenza has been researching in the shop’s laboratory new processes by which he can bring the intrinsic flavours of both Sicily’s cuisine and some of the world’s to his clients. Each of his products features an expression of contemporary material food culture.
Assenza’s desserts avoid the traditional perfect geometries and lacquered appearance of confectioneries. His aim has been to “bring to life the anarchic beauty” of a piece of fresh fruit or a dash of icing, without form constraints. Lauded by Alain Ducasse as “le plus grande confisieur du monde” (the greatest confectioner in the world), Assenza enhances the aromas of a season in Sicily, explores local and global ingredients, and plays around with culinary dogmas. The creative principle behind his pastries follows a well-thought out less-is-more sensibility. But he is considered a pioneer among Italian chefs, because having had a background in chemistry and biology, he draws inspiration from the grand tradition of Sicilian pasticceria and then comes up with awe-inspiring new flavor combinations by bringing the precision of scientific research to those traditional recipes.
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